Readathon Update #4

I just want to thank the cheerleaders again…you guys are keeping me going!

Hour: 13

Time: 8:00pm EST

Read/listened to since last update: Al Capone Shines My Shoes (audiobook…DONE! Though I was only a few hours away when I started)

Brief thoughts on what I’ve read: Al Capone Shines My Shoes is a fantastic audiobook. It’s middle grade fiction, very well done and exciting to listen to.

Other Readathon-related activities: Cheering!; Mid Event Meme (see below); Minichallenges: Pet Pics, Attempting Audiobooks

Where I stand overall:

  • The Phantom Tollbooth: 20 / 20 chapters read (DONE!)
  • The Reader: 15 / 46 chapters read
  • A Most Improper Magic: 0 / 21 chapters read
  • The Report (10 chapters done before Readathon): 10 / 48 chapters read
  • Something Missing: 6 / 17 chapters read
  • Interpreter of Maladies: 0 / 9 stories read
  • Housekeeping vs. the Dirt: 0 / 14 essays read
  • An Abundance of Katherines: 0 / 19 chapters read
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns: 0 / 51 chapters read
  • Al Capone Shines My Shoes (audiobook) (5 hrs 40 mins done before Readathon): 7 hrs 51 mins / 7 hrs 51 mins listened to (DONE!)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (audiobook): 0 hrs 0 mins / 5 hrs 8 mins listened to

For a little about why I chose each book as well as the authors, please see my initial book selection post.
For an explanation of my update format, reading time, etc., please see my initial Saturday post.


Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink and Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

2. How many books have you read so far?

One whole one, a third of an audiobook, and part of two other books

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I’d like to finish the two books I have going now. After that, time permitting, I’m looking forward to digging into either An Abundance of Katherines or A Most Improper Magick.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

Nope! Our plans just happened to change, and Saturday was magically free. I do have to cut my reading a little short because of Sunday plans, but some reading is better than none!

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Not really. I had to make dinner, and my husband and I went for a walk, but I just slapped on my iPod and kept on “reading”!

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

How much fun it is! I mean, I expected it to be fun, but with all the hourly activities, plus the cheerleaders and the #readathon Twitter feed… it’s like I’m not sitting here reading alone!

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Hm…not yet, but I’ll think about it!

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

You mean “when”, not “if”! I know now what sort of books I’ll want to read: short chapters and lighter plots. They feel like they go faster. I’d also like to tweak my update post format a little, but I’m not sure how yet. I’d also like to do the whole thing next time, and I’d like to cheer more!

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Not really. My eyes are a little, though!

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

For me, personally, it’s a lot easier to update every few hours instead of every hour. As a cheerleader, I’m glad I got together a couple of ideas beforehand!

Join the Conversation


  1. A thought to mull over: “The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.” — John Greenleaf Whittier

    Enjoy your reading!

  2. “Woke up this morning with/a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read.”-Raymond Carver.
    Sunny reading vibes from Miami…Dewey’s Read-A-Thon Cheerleader. Keep up the good work!

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